“We are all made of energy,” he said […]. “And energy is the only thing I see in this world. Each of us has a different kind of energy. Each person has a kind of energy that floods into you when you see them, or hear them, or desire them, or tell them you love them. And their energy can help you to find your path through the world. You can’t fake energy, it is what it is. It can help you find your future, it can take you back to your childhood or adolescence. I’m always looking for energy.”*
George sounds like a dreamwhisperer: noticing the things that really, really energise and the things that really, really de-energise.
These energies lie beyond competencies – the things we’re usually noticing – calling us to go further, to produce and give more.
I find it in these words from Seth Godin that I’ve read again today:
‘To be an artist is to be on the hook, to take your turn, to do the things that might not work, to see connection, to embrace generosity first, to change someone, to be human.’**
To see life as art, to do things that may not work is to move beyond competency in the service of our art, beyond what we can do right now because we have to to make some kind of difference somewhere, in someone’s life.
Our energies are all different but either we’re connecting with it or not. When we do, things happen that we sometimes can’t explain; when we don’t things just don’t happen beyond the normal, the predictable, the expected and anticipated:
‘Energisers think about both task and relationship; de-energisers are all task driven.’^
What is your energy?
Not your competency, your energy.
(*The character George in Albert Espinosa’s If You Tell Me To Come, I’ll Drop Everything, Just Tell Me To Come.)
(**From Seth Godin’s What To Do When It’s Your Turn.)
(^From Jay Cross’ Informal Learning.)